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St. Bernardus Witbier - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,310 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,310
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 240
Gots: 107 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 01-06-2003

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Photo of sdm9465
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrunoPettipas
3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cj8311
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KathyG
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CRObighit2
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lhwjanssen
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Srkolodn
4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of abcdmichel
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice taste, on light lemon. Excellent for aperitive. A must to try for wit bier fans!

Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.81/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip at approximately 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy pale straw gold, and forms a two-finger white head that dies quickly to about half a finger, then lingers for a bit. Occasional decent-sized bubbles of carbonation can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. While there is lacing at first, it eventually dies to small patches as the head evaporates to a broken ring.

Smell: Sour citrus mingles with an interesting sort of musty funk as the aroma wafts out of the glass. There are some faint hints of green grape and pear in the scent, a touch of spice, and something vaguely like mildewed bubblegum.

Taste: Tart citrus opens the flavor profile in a rush of orange and lemon, shot through with various spices - some clove and coriander, a touch of pepper. As it moves along the palate, notes of pear and banana appear, though beneath the citrus. The finish leaves behind the citrus flavors, with a sour and mildly funky edge to them, akin to if a sample of mold from bleu cheese were never introduced to any cheese, but made to grow on the oranges and lemons instead.

Mouthfeel: Light and drinkable, with significant sparkly, sharp carbonation.

Overall: That's a darned good witbier, verging into sour territory just a touch while retaining the complexities of phenols and esters one would want in a wit. If I could find this for under $5 a bottle, I'd make it a regular in my fridge. Even at that price, for the way this approaches the realm of a sour beer, it'll make repeat appearances.

Photo of KyleSweetsema
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of alostplot
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MatChar
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CurtisD
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a St. Bernardus glass.

Look: A murky rusty straw yellow colored body sits under a white head. A wisp of film remains while there is light watery lacing that does not remain on the glass.

Aroma: A little bit of wheat grain and breadiness gives way to banana, coriander, apples, tart cherry, citrus peel, and some white pepper.

Taste: Much like the aroma, but tart fruits and tanginess really dominate. Starts with grains and bread and then gets crushed by tart cherries, crisp apples, softer sweet banana tones, and coriander and peppery spice in the finish. Citrus notes abound as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body, dry and tangy.

Overall: Tons of flavor and a lot of tanginess, a very nice witbier.

Photo of sjccmd
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy yellow with a thick white head. Decent lacing. Creamy appearance.

Smells of coriander, chamomile, with somewhat citrusy fruits, bubblegum, and some clove. Excellent spicing balanced with yeast character. Hop aroma is low, possibly spicy/fruity noble hops. More likely Styrian Goldings than Saaz. Sweet graham cracker malt.

Taste follows the nose. Very fruity with honey and spices. Apples, but not cider. Grassy hop character. Bubblegum and clove, but balanced. Complex but not heavy.

Thick and full mouthfeel without being cloying. Silky with medium low carbonation. Very nice.

Excellent example of a wit. Bigger and more complex than Hoegaarden, but just as refreshing.

Photo of citruscane
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of justme
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ac22rush
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OntheLambic
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KurtisAyr
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of memphischas
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of snowmageddon
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of interzen
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle poured into a Troubadour tulip glass

Look: Typical witbier - cloudy, golden yellow with a puffy, off-white head which diminishes to a foamy cap with little lacing in evidence.

Smell: Again, pretty much a typical witbier smell - oranges, lemons and coriander with a fainty wheaty, yeastiness in the background. The lemon aromas are more pronounced on the beer has warmed up a bit.

Taste: POW! Fruit and wheat - there's a massive hit of citrus and coriander with some lingering wheat and spice notes. Quite a dry wheat and malt finish with hints of lemon. Definitely a cut above your average wit.

Feel: Manages to be full and light at the same time - difficult to explain but despite the cloudy appearance it's not at all heavy going. Carbonation isn't quite as aggressive as some suggest but it's still there and adds to the refreshing feel, IMO.

Overall: I like witbiers in general, and the products of St. Bernardus in particular so this was bound to be a winner for me, and it doesn't disappoint - if your idea of a good witbier stops at Hoegaarden or Blue Moon then you owe it to yourself and your palate to check this out; it's in a completely different league.

Photo of Grayson
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Novice tongue weighing in.

A: A pale golden pour with two fingers of very sticky head that hung around for a while sticking to the edge. Pretty white.
S: Picking up very strong citrus in orange and lemon.
T: It's fruity without being overpowering. Strong banana-ish flavors in the beginning with almost a coffee finish.
MF: Very light to the palate. Very carbonated. Not too offensive.
O: A pretty great beer! A fantastic blend of flavor for a Witbier.

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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St. Bernardus Witbier from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 1,310 ratings.